Dear Sesquicentennial Mod Residents,
As a graduating mod, we have experienced a collection of social highs and lows. Here are the fifteen best tips for you new residents to consider this summer, and especially come end of August when you move into the paradise that is the Mod neighborhood:
1. Not everyone gets a mod. This is a responsibility, not a privilege. And understand that people are bitter about not getting a mod so be generous hosts and practice hospitality.
2. Always have the following: charcoal, burgers, two 30’s in your fridge. Darties happen. Be prepared.
3. Make a bucket list and get it done. Make it obnoxious-looking and keep it downstairs to hold yourself accountable.
4. Speakers. Don’t get caught with little speakers when 100 freshmen are crammed into your mod.
5. Lawn games. Necessary.
6. Lock your doors. Especially during a party.
7. Sometimes you just have to let in the random freshmen. It will make their day and the beers gone anyway. Extra points for creative reasons why they should be let in. If not, send them to 7C. Think about it.
8. Clean weekly, but don’t expect it to ever be clean. Don’t let your bare feet touch the floor. Invest in a mop. Be warned: there’s no dish washer.
9. One desk is not a problem; you’re not going to study here anyways. Homework can always wait until tomorrow, but know that if you can’t go out this Tuesday, MA’s will be the same next Tuesday.
10. Get ready for absurdity to become your norm. Find humor in it. There’s going to be mornings when someone at your party last night used the shower closet as their toilet. Your fridge may need to be taped shut. And there is a 100% chance that your basement is a rat cemetery. It happens.
11. When you register a party, hide the pizza. Your lack of meal plan will thank you.
12. When you pack for school in September, leave half of it at home. There’s no room anyway. No one will notice if you don’t have your rhinestone denim jacket, you’ll live. Prioritize theme-party wear.
13. Share your backyard. And your grill. You may get a free meal out of it. Practice the phrase “My Mod is your Mod.”
14. Always brace yourself before you look at your bank accounts. You’re going to make money at some point. Sometimes you just have to cut your losses. Understand that people did this for you when you were a lower classman. You’re part of an important BC tradition.
15. Yolo. Yoyo. Coho. Goml. Make your own.* When someone bets you to wear a pretty pink princess dress to MA’s, just do it.
* You only live once. You’re only young once. College only happens once. Get on my level.
16. Have fun. Senior year moves fast. Make every second count.
Mod 36B ’11-‘12
Anthony Russo, The BC Observer